Two words can describe the Hagerstown Speedway the first part of the season: weather and Stuhler. Weather for obvious reasons as it has wrecked havoc on the staff, drivers and fans with snow, cold and rain. And Stuhler is none other than Gary ...
Two words can describe the Hagerstown Speedway the first part of the season: weather and Stuhler. Weather for obvious reasons as it has wrecked havoc on the staff, drivers and fans with snow, cold and rain. And Stuhler is none other than Gary Stuhler from Greencastle, Pa.
It was so bad that even rain dates were rained out. But the weather did let up some for plenty of exciting late model racing as Stuhler has all but owned the season so far with twelve races in and he already he has seven wins and his worst finish has been fourth. To make it even clearer only six drivers have crossed the finish line ahead of the #90 Rocket with Jeremy Miller doing it twice. With an average car count of thirty-five drivers it was not always an easy for Stuhler to win as he won three races on the last lap. It doesn't matter where he starts he seems to use the same smooth style of driving he has used for many years to work his way around this famous half mile.
As Stuhler has ruled here early there have been other drivers having strong years. I can't call the year Jeremy Miller is having a surprise because the talent was always there as he just needed to gel with a team and he has found that in the Charles Buckler owned # 24 Rocket. Miller turned it up a notch this year by winning twice plus has two other top 5's in just seven races. And when he is not at the speedway here is running strong at everywhere he goes.
The hottest driver at the track besides Stuhler may just be Andy Anderson with the last five races he has been at the track has a win, two seconds and two third place finishes. He has eight top 5's in eleven races. Not bad for the rising star from Martinsburg,WVa.
Consistency is a good word to describe the year Tom Myers is having. He has show up to the track seven times and has left with seven top 10's. Although he hasn't broken into the winners circle yet he has five finishes in the top 5.
Sometimes if it weren't for bad luck Charlie Schaffer would have no luck at all. Schaffer seems to always have bad luck happen when he gets the lead as twice this year mechanical woes led to DNF while leading. He was able to pick up a win the second race of the season. If he could get the bad luck behind him he will definitely add to to his six top 10's.
Sixth place seems to be a favorite place for DJ Myers as he has finished there on five occasions. Like his father (Tom) he is very consistent as he has nine top 10's that includes four top 5's.
There are some drivers who never get much press but this year that needs to change. The first is Doug Burkholder who picked up the win in the last race here on July 5. Burkholder has eight top 10's in ten races. Alan Sagi decided to race weekly at the speedway this year and has made the best of it by finishing in the top 7 in six out of the last seven races. Other drivers having strong years are Frankie Plessinger (5 top 5's; 7 top 10's ) and Scott Cross (3 top 5's in seven races).
As the second half the year starts the local drivers will get a test early with Renegade series coming to town Fri July 25 then followed by the Xtreme Dirt Car series here the next night on Sat July 26. Check speedway website for information www.hagerstownspeedway.com